Sjogren Syndrome (cont.)
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Sjögren's Syndrome Surgery
Surgery does not have a major role in the treatment of Sjögren's syndrome. Blockage of lacrimal puncta (punctal occlusion) to help retain tears in eyes is one approach that helps some people.
If you need anesthesia for any reason, inform the anesthesiologist of your diagnosis. Under general anesthesia, there is an increased risk of mucous plugs in the airways after surgery. Medications used during surgery can also further dry the airways. Your anesthesiologists can take special measures to avoid these complications.
Sjögren's Syndrome Follow-up
The professional coordinating your care will want to monitor your progress at regular follow-up visits. This visits should be scheduled about every three months or, if your condition is stable, every six months. If you are having active problems or concerns about an emerging related illness, you may be seen more often.
Kanchan Pema, MD
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